Byrd Plans to Decide Next Month

Fresno (Calif.) Central defensive back Hatari Byrd had a very nice weekend at The Opening, registering the top SPARQ score for all safeties. He told us he's getting closer to making a decision...

Although Hatari Byrd plays in a lot of 7 on 7 events, his style of play is not really best suited for shirts and shorts. He's a physical, hit you in the mouth type safety that will likely play in the box at the next level. He played free safety at The Opening and after a slow start, he came on and had a four interceptions on the final day of competition.

"I had a great time out there, it definitely lived up my expectations," Byrd said. "I had some teammates who went last year, Tee Shepard and Deonte Greenberry and they raved about it so I was real excited to make it out here and it was a lot of fun. The opportunity to compete against the best players in the country was a great experience for sure."

Not only did Byrd excel on the field, he tested very well during the SPARQ combine portion of the event finishing with a 120.39 rating, good enough for No. 13 overall and No. 1 for safeties. At 6-1, 190 pounds, he clocked a 4.62-40, 4.12 shuttle, jumped 35 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 41'.

On the recruiting front, Byrd said he has a top six and will likely make his decision early next month.

"Right now, I'm looking at UCLA, California, Washington, Notre Dame, Georgia, and Oklahoma," Byrd said. "I've already visited UCLA and Cal and I'm going to check out Washington at the end of the month. Right now, UCLA and Oklahoma are my top two schools and I'm really feeling both a lot.

"With UCLA, I talk to Coach Mora and Coach Martin almost every day and have a great relationship with them both. I'm a city type of person and I love the campus, everything just fits me there. Oklahoma is a big time football school and I've always liked the Big 12. It's a physical conference and I think that style of play really suits me well."

Byrd said he's planning an early commitment but will still do his official visits.

"I want to commit early next month," Byrd said. "I still plan to take my official visits and have a trip set to Oklahoma for (Oct. 26) when they play Notre Dame. That's the only visit I have set so far but I plan to take a few others as well."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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